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Viewpoint is a two-level series in American English for adults and young adults, taking learners from a high intermediate to advanced level of proficiency (CEFR: B2 – C1). It follows on from the Touchstone series.
Touchstone, together with Viewpoint, is a six-level English program based on research from the Cambridge English Corpus.
It presents natural language in authentic contexts, and explicitly develops conversation strategies so learners speak with fluency and confidence. You can choose the best way to deliver the course to your students: 100% classroom-based, 100% online or any blend in-between.
Authors: Michael McCarthy, Jeanne McCarten, Helen Sandiford
CEFR Levels: A1 - B1
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Choose the best way to deliver the course to your students: print, online, or a blend of the two.
Creating a bespoke mix of online and classroom based content is simple with Touchstone. All lessons can be delivered either in class (using the Student’s Book) or online using the online course on the Cambridge Learning Management System (CLMS). The materials are clearly connected and deliver the same learning outcomes. You can choose the best blend of class work and online work to suit your teaching requirements and the needs of your learners - for example, the flipped classroom with (1) a percentage of online input prior to lessons in class (2) a 50-50 model with an equal split between online and classroom-based delivery, or even (3) 100% online.
An important learning aim in every lesson is to get your students talking. The course devotes a full lesson in every unit to the teaching of Conversation Strategies so that students can learn the skills needed for effective spoken communication. Notice tasks in the Conversation strategy lessons encourage students to think about how people manage conversations effectively. Strategy Plus teaches conversation management expressions, such as I mean, well, anyway, all chosen for relevance and frequency.
Solving a problem and figuring something out is a powerful aid to understanding. Figure it out tasks challenge students to think about how target grammar structures are formed and used before they are formally introduced.
Touchstone helps students become more efficient learners by presenting techniques to log and remember new language and to put the new language to use immediately, communicating with their classmates. Visit the methodology & research page to find out more.
Extensive research into American English in the Cambridge English Corpus.
The syllabus draws on extensive research into American English in the Cambridge English Corpus – an extensive, living database of everyday conversations and written texts. This ensures that the language you teach is the language people really use. It also incorporates research into learner English, using the Cambridge Learner Corpus, a huge and growing database of real exam scripts. This helps us to identify how learners use English at different levels.
Common error boxes highlight insights from the Cambridge Learner Corpus to help your students avoid making typical learner mistakes.
Touchstone is full of helpful and interesting notes about the way English is really used.
Because Touchstone offers flexibility in how the course can be delivered, our customers are able to choose what suits their teachers and students best and are getting great results.
“The flexibility of the Touchstone course adapts to students’ needs and availability, and also enables a large proportion of the hours, around 50%, to be completed from home or from the office. We have hundreds of students who have used our fully blended approach with Touchstone to successfully move up the European Scale from levels A1 or A2 (School English) to levels B1 and B2 (Professional English).”
“Before class, students upload homework assignments, participate in forums, check their grades, etc. Teachers then prepare classes that include activities that consolidate what students have studied online. Classes are then more dynamic, motivating, and student-centered and the teacher becomes a facilitator or language coach. The combination of face-to-face classes and online work allows us to provide the right number of guided hours needed to reach a B1 or B2 level of proficiency.”
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